|Susan Witt, "Connecting for Change." October 2005 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Susan Witt, Executive Director of the E. F. Schumacher Society, speaks tothe audience of Bioneers by the Bay, sponsored by the Marion Institute, about how the energetic cooperation of communities rebuilding after natural disasters is the same bold spirit needed to rebuild our local economies. The full edited text of this lecture may be viewed at http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/publications.html
Keywords: local currency; community land trust; micro-credit; Schumacher, Marion Institute, Connecting For Change, Bioneers by the Bay
|Michael Shuman, Community Stock Exchange. October 2007 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Our communities have made great steps in again becoming local, but one element is still missing. When investing the money we work so hard to spend locally is moved almost entirely out of the community. Shuman argues for a local investment tool that will allow us to keep all our money in the community and benefit the businesses which we patronize. www.smallisbeautiful.org
Keywords: local; community; stock exchange; currency; Schumacher
|Alex Thorp and Elizabeth Keen: Indian Line Farm Land Tenure Model May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Farmers Alex Thorp and Elizabeth Keen speak of their experience in purchasing Indian Line Farm, the first Community Supported Agriculture farm in the United states, through a unique partner with the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires and The Nature Conservancy. This talk is part of the E. F. Schumacher Society's (www.smallisbeautiful.org) "Building Sustainable Local Economies" training seminar held May 21 to May 25, 2008.
Keywords: Land tenure; CSA; nature conservancy; farm land; agriculture; community land trust; Schumacher
|Kevin Lyons, "Greening the Campus from a Procurement Perspective." October 2002 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
To talk of the importance of using more ecologically responsible products is easy; to implement their use in our institutions is a different journey. As purchasing agent for Rutgers University, one of the largest state educational institutions, Kevin Lyons had the opportunity to put theory into practice. His story reveals his dogged determination, attention to small details, consensus-building with stakeholders, frustrations, humble courageousness, and willingness to be marginalized--all necessa...
Keywords: ecology; green; change; environment; campus; Schumacher
|William Schambra, The Friendship Club and the Well-Springs of Civil Society. October 1999 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Schambra, a senior program officer at the Bradley Foundation, is concerned about creating the conditions for people to practice the art of self governance in small face to face communities. Taking as his model the Friendship Club, a small self governing community of drug users and street people in Milwaukee, Schambra shows how real people can cultivate new attitudes and virtues without making themselves into the "grateful clients of credentialed experts." This level of civil society, he notes, c...
Keywords: self-governance; self-reliance; community; empower; Schumacher
|Joseph Stanislaw, Energy: Global is Local. May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Transitioning to a new energy economy requires the collaboration of individuals, corporations, and goverment. He argues that market forces will shift energy production toward alternative sources. This shift, he says, will require a more localized system where energy is produced internally for the region. Dr. Stanislaw's talk was part of the E. F. Schumacher Society's (www.smallisbeautiful.org) "Building Sustainable Local Economies" training seminar held on May 21-25, 2008.
Keywords: alternative energy; climate change; carbon; sustainable; Schumacher
|David Orr, "Walking North on a South Bound Train" October 2002 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Why is the environmental movement is failing in the face of current political strategy? David Orr discusses the points of failure in confronting the greatest challenge that faces us, and how best to alter our strategy for protecting our communities and the earth. www.smallisbeautiful.org
Keywords: politics; environmental movement; ecology; eco-literacy; Schumacher
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|John Abrams, "The Company We Keep." January 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
John Abrams addresses the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires annual meeting with a lecture on employee ownership. Through his experience as co-founder of the employee owned South Mountain Company and author of the book, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place, he speaks of the benefits of distributed power and ecological design in creating a more sustainable community...
Keywords: employee ownership; co-op; affordable housing; design; sustainability; green; Schumacher
|David Ehrenfeld, "Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars." May 2002 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
David Ehrenfeld considers the way scientific studies are used to muddy the waters during ethical debates about controversial technologies, such as injecting cows with rGHB, producing genetically modified foods, and cloning human beings. To mount a more effective response to such practices he argues that we must learn to widen the scope of our questions about them, far beyond the narrow confines of science...
Keywords: food; growth hormones; GMO; genetic; modified; cloning; Schumacher
|David Morris, Reclaiming Community. October 1996 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
David Morris, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, describes the growing tension between the globalization of economies and the localization of politics, between our role as consumers and our role as citizens. He suggests that the resolution of this tension lies in Schumacherâs call for local production for local consumption. An impersonal globalized information economy can co-exist with a localized physical economy...
Keywords: consumer; economy; local; globalization; community; Schumacher
|Interview with Will Raap 05/22/2012 - E.F. Schumacher Society|
Will Raap talks about potential transitions to a new economy ahead of the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference June 8-10 2012 at Bard College. This interview was first published by Sea Change Radio.
Keywords: Will Raap; Sea Change Radio; New Economy; Economics; Social Studies
|Chris Lindstrom, The Mystical Quality of Money. May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
In this talk for the E. F. Schumacher Society's training seminar "Building Sustainable Local Economies" Chris Lindstrom discusses the transformation of money to the present and where he sees money going in the future.
Keywords: currency; money; value; mystical; wealth; Schumacher
|Sally Fallon Morell - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Sally Fallon Morell is founding president of The Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters worldwide helping consumers find local grass-based animal products. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. She is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G...
Keywords: Food; Agriculture; Sustainablity; Raw Milk; Schumacher
|Susan Witt, Community Land Trust Structures. May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
As Exectutive Director of the E. F. Schumacher Society (www.smallisbeautiful.org) and administrator of the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshies, Susan Witt has a distinguished history of implementing the Community Land Trust model. in this talk for the "Building Sustainable Local Economies" training seminar held May 21 to 25, 2008, she discusses the legal and practical aspects of implementing a community land trust.
Keywords: Community Land Trust; land reform; self-sufficient; Robert Swann; Schumacher
|Alanna Hartzok, "Democracy, Earth Rights, and the Next Economy." October 2001 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
It is only in recent human history that land has been enclosed and the rights of use given to a few people, as opposed to a whole community. Alanna Hartzok points out that individual equality, even in a democracy, cannot exist without equal rights to the abundance of the earth. She presents solutions that have been successful in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, including restructuring taxes so that land value, a communal asset, is taxed instead of wages or buildings...
Keywords: equality; Pennsylvania; community; local; Schumacher
|Marie Cirillo, "Stories from an Appalachian Community." October 2000 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
When asked by Vice President Gore what she would do if elected President, Marie Cirillo said she would introduce a program of land reform. For thirty-three years Marie Cirillo has lived and worked in Clairfield, Tennessee, located in a valley hemmed in by two big mountains, and made up of a network of twelve unincorporated communitiesmost of which are former coal camps. Her single goal has been to gain some measure of economic self-sufficiency for the Appalachian people whose land and livelihood...
Keywords: land reform; economic; self-sufficient; community land trust; schumacher
|The World Crisis and the Wholeness of Life - E.F. Schumacher Society|
In this 1976 talk at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, Small is Beautiful author E.F. Schumacher addresses the spiritual and economic crises facing human life on Earth.
Keywords: local economy; decentralist; economics; Findhorn; metaphysics; small-scale; appropriate technology; consciousness; economics; sustainability; spirituality
|Stephanie Mills, "Making Amends to the Myriad Creatures." October 1991 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
The purpose of the rapidly growing discipline called ecological restoration is to heal damaged landscapes by reinstating their original plant and animal communities, thereby making amends for humankind's degradation of ecosystems. Thousands of people nationwide are involved in this rigorous, labor-intensive, painstakingly slow work. Mills, author of Whatever Happened to Ecology?, tells about current projects, describing the difficulties, pitfalls, and rewards in store for those who return a give...
Keywords: ecology; ecosystem; wilderness; restoration; Schumacher
|Dan Barber "A Perfect Expression of Nature" 2008, 28th Annual Schumacher Lecture Series - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Dan Barber tells a tale of natural fois gras from his unique experiences with a goose farmer in Spain. Through his story he shows the importance of intimate observation of natural systems and how to apply its grace and simplicity to production.
Keywords: Food; Agriculture; Permaculture; Sustainablity; Schumacher
|John Todd, "Ecological Design: Reinventing the Future." October 2001 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
To hear John Todd is to be struck by his dedication, modesty, integrity, and humanity. A biologist and Earth steward he is in the forefront of the new field called ecological design, which applies the intelligence of nature to human needs. By decoding this intelligence it can be used technologically in order to reduce the destructive impact of humankind on the planet. In his lecture Todd tells about the work being done to create living technologies in the areas of food production, generation of ...
Keywords: new alchemy; design; nature; ecology; living technology; Schumacher
|Vandana Shiva E. F. Schumacher Lecture March 2000 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Our deepest obligations to each other are being defined as crime by the privitization of natural phenomenon. Shiva speaks passionatly about the effects of industrial agriculture on small farmers, the environment, and the quality of the foods we eat. www.smallisbeautiful.org
Keywords: genetic modification; ethics; organic; corporate; farming; agriculture; Schumacher
|Jacob von Uexkull, The Right Livelihood Award and Further Initatives for a Sustainable Society. October 1992 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
The Right Livelihood Award, known as "the Alternative Nobel Prize," was set up in 1980 "to honor and support those working on practical solutions to the most urgent challenges facing us today." Von Uexkull describes the Award and many of its recipients, including workers for human rights and justice, for environmental protection and spiritual regeneration. The Award is one of a number of initiatives launched by von Uexkull, who believes that the only solution to today's environmental, economic, ...
Keywords: humanity; ecology; peace; social justice; alternative nobel prize; Schumacher
|Chellis Glendinning, A Map (From the Old Connecticut Path to the Rio Grande Valley and All the Meaning Inbetween) October 1999 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
"I come to you from a place where the earth is pinkââthus Chellis Glendinning begins her warm evocation of place, the place in New Mexico where she lives, the particular spots on the map where other people have learned to set their roots, connect with the land, and live their lives in effective harmony with their surroundings. She contrasts the ways in which the Europeans who invaded America (including her ancestors) regarded place, as the battleground for empire and exploitation, with the way...
Keywords: local; native; place; community; Schumacher; economic
|David Korten, "Creating a Post-Corporate World." October 2000 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
David Korten is co-founder of Positive Futures Network (publishers of Yes! magazine) and the People-Centered Development Forum. He is best known for his analysis of the social and ecological problems wrought by global corporations. In his lecture he explores alternatives to an economy dominated by a few giant enterprises. The full edited text of this lecture may be viewed or purchased in pamphlet form at http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/publications.html
Keywords: Yes!; globalization; alternative; economy; development; Schumacher
|Wendell Berry, People, Land, and Community. October 1981 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Farmer, poet, essayist Wendell Berry speaks about what links us to a home place and how that connection results in a "husbandry" that benefits people, land, and community
Keywords: agriculture; community; place; environment; farming; land; Schumacher
|Wes Jackson, "Becoming Native to this Place." October 1993 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Wes Jackson, co-founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and pioneer in sustainable agriculture, is once again a pioneer-for sustainable communities. Years of seeing the harm done to his beloved prairies through the implementation of corporate agricultural practices determined his dramatic move to the small, almost abandoned town of Matfield Green in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Instructed by the history and traditions of the people there before him, Wes has undertaken to renew the town on...
Keywords: agriculture; native; Land Institute; soil; ecology; perennial; Schumacher
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|Greg Watson, The Wisdom that Builds Community. October 1997 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Greg Watson tells the story of an urban community that came together to reshape its destiny. Starting with shovels and garbage bags to clean up abandoned lots, residents formed the Dudley Street Community Land Trust to acquire lots which now support hundreds of units of renovated owner-occupied homes, a productive greenhouse, locally-owned businesses, and reinvigorated neighborhood pride. In telling the story of Dudley Street, Greg Watson recounts his own story as an African American growing up ...
Keywords: Dudley Street; Community Land Trust; energy; renewable; sustainable; Schumacher
|David Orr, "Environmental Literacy: Education as if the Earth Mattered." October 1992 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
"For the most part. . .we are still educating the young as if there were no planetary emergency." Yet, continues Orr, the environmental crisis is "first and foremost a crisis of mind, perception, and values-hence, a challenge to those institutions presuming to shape minds, perceptions, and values. It is an educational challenge." Our society must embrace and implement new manners of teaching that emphasize and prepare people for ecologically integrated lives and livelihoods...
Keywords: education; environment; nature; children; ecology; Schumacher
|Eric Harris-Braun, A New Language for Wealth. May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
The current interpretation of wealth includes only those goods that are tradable. Eric Harris-Braun argues for a new system of wealth acknowledgement that accounts for wealth in the realms of measurable and acknowledgeable wealth. He then explores how we can incorporate these two unrecognized forms of wealth with a new writing system of our exchanges, including a new system called Open Money. This talk was given as part of the E...
Keywords: wealth; money; value; open money; local currency; Schumacher
|Gordon Thorne "Community Arts Trust" February 2009 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Gordon Thorne addresses the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires annual meeting with a talk on the concept of a "Community Arts Trust". Gordon describes his evolution as an artist, developer, and executive director of a non-profit as it relates to shaping and maintaining healthy and diverse communities. He believes that arts spaces should be a part of the commons in perpetuity and performing arts spaces be made accessible and affordable to artists in the community.
Keywords: Arts; Community
|E. F. Schumacher, Decentralist Economics. Summer 1974 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
The author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered and A Guide for the Perplexed cultivates the metaphysical and theological roots of decentralist economics and right livelihood. His lecture is part of the Lindisfarne 1974 Summer Conference entitled Planetary Culure and the New Image of Humanity
Keywords: local economy; decentralist; Lindisfarne; metaphysics; small-scale; appropriate
|Kirkpatrick Sale, "The Green Revolution: The American Environmental Movement." August 1993 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Distinguished author, activist, and ecologist Kirkpatrick Sale discuses the development and current trajectory of the environmental movement. And then speaks about the next steps that need to be taken in order to protect the natural world. www.smallisbeautiful.org
Keywords: environmentalism; green; revolution; movement; Schumacher
|Jerry Mander, "Economic Globalization: The Era of Corporate Rule." October 1999 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Jerry Mander, who has long been in the forefront of the anti-globalization movement, sets forth here in clear and impassioned terms the devastating effects of the current global economy"the most fundamental redesign of the planet's systems since the Industrial Revolution"and shows how such measures as the Multilateral Agreement on Investment are designed to make the rich richer and the poor poorer...
Keywords: globalization; economy; corporate; local; Schumacher
|Charles Turner, A New Cosmological View. May 2008 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Presented to the E. F. Schumacher Society's (www.smallisbeautiful.org) "Building Sustainable Local Economies" training seminar, May 21 to 25, 2008. Charles Turner proposes a a conscious development in the capacity of the organizer. He offers a new way for human's to interact and develop cosmic energy for positive and harmonious results.
Keywords: cosmology; steiner; organizing; african-american; occult; schumacher
|David Ehrenfeld, Grace Wicks, Julian Keniry Panel Lecture October 2002 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
A panel disccusion on the Greening of College Campuses. www.smallisbeautiful.org
Keywords: green; college campus; sustainability; Schumacher
|Helena Norberg-Hodge, "Moving Toward Community: From Global Dependence to Local Interdependence." October 1996 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Norberg-Hodge, who is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture, here presents an eloquent argument in favor of worldwide action to oppose the global capitalist economy and its monoculture with revivified and strengthened local economies and communities. Drawing on her experience, particularly in Ladakh in northwestern India, she shows clearly how much of a menace to tradition and stability is the newly powerful global economy, how destructive of culture as we...
Keywords: ecology; economy; local; grassroots; self-sufficient; Schumacher
|Majora Carter. "Sustainable South Bronx: A Model for Environmental Justice". October 2007 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Recounting her South Bronx home, Majora Carter leads the E. F. Schumacher lecture audience through a tale of rejuvenation. Her talk centers around empowering members of the community to think of their home as beautiful, and to make it their own as a result. The full edited text of this lecture may be viewed or purchased in pamphlet form at http://www.smallisbeautiful.org/publications.html
Keywords: environment; justice; social; renewal; Schumacher; Sustainable South Bronx; Majora Carter
|Winona LaDuke, "Voices from White Earth: Gaa-waabaabiganikaag." October 1993 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
LaDuke, a member of the Mississippi Band of the Anishinaabe from the White Earth Reservation, is a strong and clear voice for the return to traditional land-holding patterns of her people. She explains how, in order to sustain the life of the Anishinaabe, her people have need of different kinds of land; the lakes for harvesting wild rice, the forests for hunting, and the meadows for gathering herbs...
Keywords: land-holding; forest; ecology; native; traditional; Anishinaabe; Schumacher
|Thomas Berry. "Ecozoic Era" October 1991 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
We presently face a radical transition in Earth's history. "[W]e have already terminated the Cenozoic period of the geo-biological systems of the planet. . . . A renewal of life in some creative context requires that a new biological period come into being, a period when humans would dwell upon the Earth in a mutually enhancing manner." Berry outlines the conditions required for the emergence of an Ecozoic Era, a time for healing the damage done to Earth and learning to live in harmony with it a...
Keywords: ecology; spirituality; environment; schumacher; local
|Anna Lappe "Food and Climate Change: Making the Links" 28th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Anna Lappe is a national bestselling author, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Her most recent work focuses on making the necessary links between food and climate change. She describes how food systems are connected to our current climate crisis and furthermore how food and farming are connected to the solutions.
Keywords: Sustainability; Food; Agriculture; Global Warming; Schumacher
|John Mohawk, "How the Conquest of Indigenous Peoples Parallels the Conquest of Nature." October 1997 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Blending social history, of which he is a teacher at SUNY Buffalo, with an ecological perspective, Mohawk is able to draw the parallels among various cultures from the ancient Greeks to the Spanish conquerors to the Nazi Germans. Each of them essentially believed in a Utopian idealism in which certain people are destined for greatness and other people, and the environments in their way, are to be destroyed or ignored...
Keywords: ecology; native; natural; wisdom; economy; Schumacher
|Arthur Zajonc, Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future. October 1997 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
This brilliant lecture by a leading physicist and humanist focuses on the relationship between technology and work, on one hand, and right values and livelihood on the other. Zajonc shows how traditions and culture once provided a right moral context for work and how that context has been broken apart by the dramatically increasing capacity of amoral technology to replace human work. Citing fascinating examples from literature and mythology, Taoism and Studs Terkel, Zajonc makes a powerful case ...
Keywords: restoration; technology; ecology; buddhism; morals; Schumacher
|David Brower, "It's Healing Time on Earth." October 1992 Part 1 and 2 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
The first stage of the James Bay hydro-electric development project submerged four thousand square acres of northern Canadian forest. In the last eighty years the global population has tripled and the population of California has gone up by a factor of twelve. We may already have destroyed the botanical ingredients of a cure for AIDS. In this lecture Brower delivers these and other stories of the ecological destruction taking place in all parts of the Earth...
Keywords: restoration; ecology; wildness; Sierra Club; Earth Island; Schumacher
|Interview with Gus Speth 5-21-12 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
Gus Speth talks with Bill Baue about potential transitions to a new economy ahead of the New Economics Institute's Strategies for a New Economy Conference June 8-10 2012 at Bard College. This interview was first published by Sea Change Radio.
Keywords: Gus Speth; Bill Baue; Sea Change Radio; new economy; new economics institute; NEI; economics; social studies
|Andrew Kimbrell, "Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics." October 2000 - E. F. Schumacher Society|
When Andrew Kimbrell examines what is causing the greatest social and ecological havoc in todayâs world, it is not what we traditionally think of as evilâcrimes committed in the hot passion of the moment. Instead the problems stem from our misuse of technology, a technology wielded by some very nice people, neighbors we have come to like and trust. Kimbrell blames the scale of technology that creates a double distancing between the user of technology and the consequences of that use...
Keywords: technology; small-scale; appropriate technology; ecology; environment; Schumacher
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